Is the gender pay gap in the US just the result of gender segregation at work?

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Author: Meara, Katie; Pastore, Francesco; Webster, Allan


This study examines the gender wage gap between male and female workers in the US using a cross-section from the Current Population Survey (CPS). It shows that the extent of gender segregation by both industry and occupation is significantly greater than previously supposed. For the wage gap this creates problems of sample selection bias, of non-comparability between male and female employment. To address these problems the study uses a matching approach, which [the authors] also extend to a more recent methodological version with a yet stronger statistical foundation - Inverse...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Gender; Employment; Equity; Income; Statistics

Keywords: Wage differential; Occupation; Data analysis; Statistical method

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Bonn, Germany: IZA, 2017

Physical description: [55] p.

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Series: IZA discussion paper; no. 10673

Resource type: Discussion paper

Call number: TD/TNC 128.257

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